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Great Big Sea Audio CD
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Great Big Sea's third album and first to go multi-platinum, Play established this little band from Petty Harbour, Newfoundland, as one of the country's most popular groups. It's probably the best representation of their early sound, which combined East Coast folk and sea shanty traditions with a polished rock style. Play boasts an array of traditional tunes--including "The Night Pat Murphy Died," "General Taylor," and "Jakey's Gin"-- and these tales of bootlegging and donkey-riding are all given vigorous performances. The band also had hits with the Oysterband's "When I'm Up (I Can't Get Down)" and "It's the End of the World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)," which renders the R.E.M. classic as a wild jig. Band members also contribute some fine originals, like singer-guitarist Alan Doyle's ballad "How Did We Get from Saying I Love You..." and singer-bodhran player Sean McCann's equally plaintive "My Apology." Though Play does have a handful of delicate interludes, the disc's energy rarely flags. Producer Danny Greenspoon allows the band's performances to sound as fresh and live as possible, and there are excellent guest contributions by the likes of violinist Oliver Schroer, percussionist Rick Lazar, and Blue Rodeo's Greg Keelor and Jim Cuddy. Only the unlisted bonus track--a pseudo-techno reel--sets a foot wrong. Otherwise, the lively Play seems tailor-made for your next drunken wedding. --Jason Anderson

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Newfoundland, Canadian Celts' 1996, third-ever release. Includes an interesting cover of Rem's 'End of the World', plus a whole LP's worth of traditional Irish-based songsmithy: 'Night Pat Murphy Died', 'Donkey Riding', 'Greenspond' and more.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Like Great Big Sea May 19 2012
By Franky
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
My original copy of Great Big Sea disappeared, had to have another. Thanks to Amazon I could, otherwise I would have been forced to search out flea markets for one second hand and take the chance that it did not work properly.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Two! Four! Out the door!! March 4 2004
Format:Audio CD
This was my first taste of GBS and at first listen it was WOW! This was the most interesting, enjoyable and fun recording released in 1997! They do a great job with Oysterband's "When I'm Up" and the tradtionals are exquisite! Take a listen to the glorious a cappella harmonies on "General Taylor"! There's the fun, hearty "The Night Pat Murphy Died" as well! It would be surprising if they didn't have fun making this album!
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5.0 out of 5 stars WOW Nov. 28 2003
By Neil
Format:Audio CD
I love this CD. I've had it since it came out. It's GREAT!
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5.0 out of 5 stars "Play" this! Feb. 12 2003
By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAME TOP 10 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
I can't give kudos enough to Great Big Sea, which is probably the best blend of contemporary and traditional music out there. They're a band from Newfoundland who blend the traditional instruments and drinking songs with incredibly catchy music.
Their music tends to vary a lot, much like the similar band "Rawlins Cross," but they seem to take themselves a lot less seriously. There are sad songs such as "How Did We Get from Saying I Love You..." and "My Apology," which seem to fit "Sea" less well than their bouncier tunes. One of those is the hilariously irreverant "Night Pat Murphy Died," about a bunch of guys who honor their dead friend by getting sozzled, and which contains the lyrics "... we went up to the graveyard/so holy and sublime/found out when we got there/we'd left the corpse behind!" They do a cover of REM's "End of the World" which was so good that I originally thought it was their own song; also there are the delightfully danceable "Rigadoon," "Ordinary Day," or "Jolly Roving Tar." A few aren't as danceable, but still very catchy, like the mostly musicless "General Taylor" or the rhythmic "Donkey Riding."
This Celtic-rock band is probably one of the best out there; you can almost imagine these guys dancing and singing as you listen. Check out this and other albums by Great Big Sea, and don't feel ashamed to sing along. I do it whenever I listen.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Way...Hey...And Away We Go!!! Dec 6 2002
Format:Audio CD
This is about as perfect a CD as you can ask for from arguably the greatest band on Earth. Their music is fun and infectious and beyond any sort of label. It will make you sing at the top of your lungs and dance until you fall down. I have never heard anything like these guys before. Every time I play this at my house with visitors present, they want to know who the band is and where they can get a copy of the music. It is THAT good.
The reason I recommend this CD over "Rant and Roar" which was their first U.S. release that contains many of the same songs (and is a bit cheaper) is because the songs that didn't make it on the former album are every bit a good as the ones that did. If you only have "Rant" and have enjoyed killer tunes like "Ordinary Day," "The Night Pat Murphy Died," and a cover of R.E.M.'s "End of the World," you are seriously missing gems like "Donkey Riding" and "Jolly Roaving Tar." There are ten tracks on this CD that didn't make it to the U.S. in their original form (there are a few on the live CD "Road Rage" which is also spectacular). Trust me, you must own "Play."
I cannot praise these guys enough. I wish they got the full recognition they deserved over other bands that are twice as popular and half as good. If you like rock, folk, international, traditional Irish music or anything in between, you will NOT be disappointed by this CD. You have never heard anything like these guys before. Honest!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Big Sea -- Play Nov. 3 2000
Format:Audio CD
I picked this up at a concert in Nova Scotia. Ny two sons ages(10&12) love it as much as I. One of my most favorite CD's. Full of energy and cultural richness.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The best band in the world. Sept. 27 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I remember when this CD was released a couple of years back and the group was playing some of their first U.S. dates. I saw them at "the Ark" in Ann Arbor, Michigan with a group of maybe 40 other people and then I went with them to an Irish pub down the street afterwards. Great guys. I cant get near them anymore. The only other time I was this excited by a band was in 1964 when the Beatles appeared on the Ed Sullivan show and I am being very serious. This is a great CD and the only other CD that is this good is their previous CD. "Up". As I said on my review of "Up", listening to GBS is like spending an evening in an Irish pub with people that you love. Listen to this and you will know beyond a shadow of a doubt that the best band in the world comes from Newfoundland.
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5.0 out of 5 stars GBS-fabulous Sept. 15 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This CD has a sound that is both Celtic and rock. It starts off with a bash with "Ordinary day". "The Night Pat Murphy Died" is upbeat and the lyrics are funny. "How did we get from saying I love you..." is a wonderful ballad with great lyrics. "Recruiting Sargeant" has a great chorus even though the beginning is slow. "Jolly Roving Tar" is a great way to end the CD. All the songs are different so it isn't a bore to listen to. This a great CD to listen to the whole way through.
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